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Paul Bailey Romanian Jewish playwright, novelist and music lover Mihail Sebastian.
Kathleen Jamie tries to discover why there are remains of whales all around the UK coast.
Susan Hitch is joined by playwright Stephen Poliakoff to discuss Russian literature.
Mark Bazeley reads Kurt Vonnegut's cautionary tale about eavesdropping.
Peter Hill Nigel Simeone and Pierre Audi discuss Messiaen's opera Saint Francis of Assisi.
Geoff Dyer explores changing ideas of privacy, personal space and good manners on trains.
Thomas Bloch discusses the ondes martenot with ex-Pogues member David Coulter.
In 1826, publisher John Murray II infamously tried to create a rival to The Times.
A story set on a ferry, where a traveller encounters the intriguing teenager Sophie.
A profile of the New York Philharmonic, one of the world's oldest orchestras.
An exploration of the ancient heart of the Parisian Latin Quarter. With Gillian Tindall.
Steven Johnson visits the Royal College of Music to look at Vaughan Williams's time there.
By Istvan Orkeny. A story told by a mother who must identify the body of her dead son.
The legacy of the Gurzenich Orchestra, one of Germany's leading symphony orchestras.
Richard Foster takes a light-hearted look at energy saving and the great British summer.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams discusses Dosotoevsky, his literary hero.
Ivan Hewett looks at the work of Edgar Varese, one of the musical world's great outsiders.
Sara Mohr-Pietsch explores the work of IRCAM, the musical research and production house.
Catherine Bott talks to critic Roderick Swanston about the creation of Handel's Belshazzar
Conductor Pierre Boulez discusses Janacek's works with 2008 Proms director Roger Wright.
Christine Finn explores the private world of British landscape photographer Fay Godwin.
Andrew Brown explores the slave-raiding culture of the Viking-era British isles.
Artist Akram Zaatari explores the photographic archives of Studio Shehrazade in Lebanon.
Suzy Klein discusses Puccini's opera Il tabarro with Roger Parker and Alexandra Wilson.
By Truman Capote. An old friend is due for lunch at the apartment of New Yorker Mrs Chase.
Pierre Boulez, Tristan Murail and George Benjamin, recall their studies with Messiaen.
Tom Goodman-Hill reads from Joseph Roth's novel Rebellion, set in Berlin after World War I
By Katherine Mansfield. An excerpt from the story of two former lovers meeting again.
Tom Service talks to Stockhausen's associates to find out what marked him out as a pioneer
An extract from Toby Faber's book about the inspiration behind the famous Faberge eggs.